Saturday 16 December 2017

Zayed unlikely to feature despite call up by Libyans

THE League of Ireland could have another international player soon as Sporting Fingal striker Eamon Zayed has been called up for Libya's senior squad.

Zayed was born and bred in Dublin and played for Ireland at underage level, winning two U21 caps in 2003-04 in the same Irish side as Glenn Whelan and Stephen Kelly, but through the parentage rule -- his father is Libyan -- he's now come under the spotlight with Libya, and they asked him to report for duty for a game on Saturday.

He has travelled to Tripoli but is unlikely to feature in the game as he's carrying an injury.

"As Eamon has been carrying an achilles tendon injury for the past two months and consequently was undertaking a cross-training programme to enable him to play in the last four league matches, we outlined to the Libyan FA, in our response last Friday, our concerns regarding Eamon's fitness level," said Sporting manager Liam Buckley.

"While we have allowed Eamon to be released for international duty and he has travelled to Libya, we have respectfully requested that the Libyan FA medical team assess him upon his arrival."

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